Or/Ca Road Trip: Day 6

We left the Fitzmorris Farm around 9:00 and headed to Medford, Oregon to see Christian, Jenna and their 3 day old miss Olivia. On our way down the road, we met up with our friend Josh at Vero in Eugene, Oregon for coffee. I REALLY liked Vero, it was a cute Victorian house converted into a coffee shop. I wish I could pick it up and carry it back home with me. Although, I must say that the scenery of Eugene, Oregon is the perfect place for this cozy coffee shop.
I  would love to see Eugene in Autumn. I bet it would be beautiful with it’s tall trees, brightly colored leaves and dark drizzly sky.
I like you Vero. I like you Eugene, Oregon. Please come home with me.
Josh and Danny
I got coffee with Kahlua cream !
Our friend Josh is working at a vineyard in Northern Oregon. We were traveling south, while he was traveling north, so we met for a quick cup & chat. The timing worked-out perfectly!
Have fun Josh! And don’t forget to bring us wine! he-he-he…
Josh started brewing his own beer! How cool is that!?
After meeting with Josh, Danny and I drove to Medford, Oregon to see Christian and Jenna’s baby girl — Olivia Lynn Barnett! What a beautiful buggaboo!
Proud Papa Christian holding his little girl
Honorary Uncle Daniel snuggling with Olivia
That night we had a BBQ at Jenn’s Parents house. We swam in the pool, ate good food and played with babies!
This is Aiden. He is Austin and Katie’s son ( Austin is Christian’s brother).
What a loveydove.

Or/Ca Road Trip: Day 5

Dan and I went to church with Josh and Meagan Sunday morning and then we walked around Corvallis and made salmon sandwiches on top of the car. After lunch we drove to Brownsville/Halsey to meet up with the Fitzmorris family.  Their family owns the farm next to my late Great Grandmother’s Twin-Butte property. As a child, my father spent summers with his Grandmother and the Fitsmorris down the road.
Dan and I stopped off at a fresh fruit stand on our way to the farm.
Fresh Blueberries!
The Fitzmorris Farm!
Pat and Rossco showed us around the farm
Patty cakes
Rossco and Me
Chopper! This cat has used up her nine lives and then some! A few years back, she fell asleep under the blades of a combine — it only knocked out a couple of her teeth! What a lucky cat!
This is where all the seed is stored — Millions of lbs.!
Barney the Barn Owl…I just named him.
Chris and Tena grow their own vegetables too!
Danny and I next to one of their combines in the hanger.
Oregon vac
We had a backyard BBQ! Pat made onion rings with the onions from the garden!
Chris made burgers with pepperjack cheese and bratwurst sausages marinated in beer. He even cooked up some tasty peppers from the garden!
We had a wonderful BBQ! And all of the veggies came from the farm! After dinner, Tena brought out a yummy blackberry pie and vanilla ice cream! Food coma…

The Fitzmorris farm and the Twin Buttes property that my Great Grandmother owned. One of my Great Uncles made me a wooden pen & case from a tree that fell on this property. What a special gift.

Dan and I had a great time visiting with the Fitzmorris family! We can’t wait to see them again!

Oregon/California Road Trip! Yaaahooo!

Daniel and I are going on a road trip to Oregon! We’re visiting my Grandmother, Josh n Megan (old friends), Christian n Jenn (our expecting friends) and The Fitzmorris Family (family friends). We’ll then make our way back into California, visiting Sonoma, San Francisco and San Louis Obispo on our way down the coast. Wowzaaa this is going to be a fun filled trip…with lots of driving! I’ll try to keep you updated along the way. Here is a rough draft of our day to day plans!
 Wednesday – Friday: We are leaving at 4:00 AM coffee in-hand! We have 15 glorious hours of driving ahead of us until we reach Grandma’s house in Brookings, OR. We hope to spend time picking blackberries with “NiMa” and making jam to bring home. She wants to take Dan and me out for some of the “best burgers in town” — a celebration of our recent engagement! Yum, sounds tasty!
Friday – Sunday: After breakfast with Gram, we are planning to drive to Josh and Megan’s in Corvallis, OR. Josh is a pastor in Covallis, so we’re sure they’re the happen’in couple in town — hard for them to find free time, when a community needs to be served! We hope we can steal them away for a day at the river or to talk about their adventures of teaching English in Korea.
 Danny and I will also be visiting the Fitzmorris family (they live in the next town over). Chris and Tena are long-time family friends that grew up with my parents. Their boys, Josh and Pat are roughly the same age as Dan and me, so it’ll be fun hanging with the guys on the farm. Maybe they can show us how to drive the harvest tractors!
I remember when we were young, Josh dared Pat to pee out of the barn window and into a tiny fishbowl below. Our mothers weren’t too happy about that.
Ohhh the good old days… those boys were always entertaining.
 OR Road Trip
Sunday – Wednesday: After saying our goodbye’s to Josh n Meg and the Fitzmorris Family, Danny and I will head to Christian and Jenn’s in Medford, OR. Danny and Christian have been friends since elementary school. Christian and Jenn are expecting a baby tomorrow morning!!!! They wanted us to be there for when Olivia arrives! We are so honored and excited to be invited! Christian is starting his contract with the military only days after the baby arrives, so these few days will be a whirlwind of celebration and send-offs! We are thrilled for the birth of Olivia and so proud of Christian for his service and Jenn for being a fearless new mama! We love you both!
Wednesday – Thursday: Dan and I are leaving Medford Wednesday morning and driving to Sonoma for fun with wine. We have friends that live in the area and it will be nice to drop by and see them. I’ve heard so many great things about Sonoma; I’m eager to see what awaits us in the land of wine!
Thursday – Friday: We leave Thursday morning from Sonoma and we’ll travel to San Francisco (one of my all time fav’s). I can’t wait to eat at Oyster Depot and do some light shopping in the Marina District. Maybe we’ll be able to grab some cannolis at Lucca’s Delicatessen!
So I know this is majorly touristy, but we also have plans to take a ferry to Alcatraz! I’ve never been, and Dan says it’s a must. So we’ll be catching and mid-afternoon ferry to THE ROCK — provided we get our tickets soon!
Friday – Sunday: Friday, we’ll have breakfast in the city and use the remainder of the morning to do what-ev… I’m thinking a run across the Golden Gate would be fun. Too ambitious? Ehhh maybe. We shall see.
After fun in San Fran, we will mosey our way down to SLO (San Louise Obispo). One of our best friends (Evan) is living there until December. We love visiting Evan, there is always fun times to be had with the McLainsterzzzzzzzz.
 So that is it. These are our rough plans for the next 12 days. I’ll try to keep you updated with the latest and greatest of our road trip adventure! I have a pile of new posts that I have prepared to keep you busy in the meantime, as well as sporadic updates from our trip! Have a good week my friends!